We had an exciting variety of entries in our photo challenge honoring Allison Fishman Task’s new book Lighten Up, America! We asked you to share photos of your favorite regional dishes, and we picked a winner we think is overdue for a makeover.
Congratulations to our winner, Jamie of Madison, Georgia, who submitted this mouthwatering photo and description of a Southern classic: “Shrimp ‘N’ Grits has all of the South’s favorite staples: heavy cream, bacon, pork sausage, cheese, butter and grits. We even add a little fresh tomato and shrimp to make it appear healthy. This is my favorite Southern Dish.” Well, Jamie, we’ve got you covered. Try a lighter take on your favorite southern pleasure with Cajun-Style Shrimp and Grits. Allison Task dropped the heavy cream, bacon, and sausage but lost none of the flavor. You still get a salty bite from tasso ham and creamy, cheesy grits serve as the base, but this version rings in at less than 350 calories!
Our 10 semi-finalists each won a copy of Lighten Up, America! Learn more about the book and find which regional favorites got the "Lighten Up" treatment.[gallery type="rectangular" ids="8867,8868,8869,8871,8872,8873,8874,8875,8876,9059"]